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Transportation & Logistics

The Transport & Logistics (T&L) sector is one that is wide ranging and includes all methods of transport from sea to rail to air and also the related services and industries surrounding it, including distribution facilities, warehousing, handling and packaging. The T&L industry forms the backbone of global supply chains. It also includes all of the administrative services such as the organisation, planning and management in transport and logistics.

T&L Real Estate Challenges

  • Rising prices and the global economic slowdown is a concern oil price volatility is a risk to the sector. Although reducing emissions could pose a greater challenge to T&L companies over the next twenty years than obtaining a sufficient supply of energy.
  • There has been a trend towards consolidation in the sector, whereby larger, integrated groups have begun operating in more than one of the T&L sub-sectors. This is leading to a blurring of the margins between the two sectors.
  • The drive towards efficiency is high on the agenda.
  • Faster growing emerging markets will be a key market for European exporters seeking growth, at least over the short term.
  • Growth prospects are still dominated by downside risks and the Euro-zone crisis remains a threat to exports and manufacturing.
  • Sector companies are reacting to the weaker business environment, with an ongoing focus on productivity and innovation across products, processes and services.

How Can We Add Value?

The T&L sector is facing increasing pressure to find greater business efficiencies and deliver increasingly complex customer demands. Real estate is a key element of the business process and often represents the most significant cost. Our sector-focused team delivers expert insight into best practice, current trends, issues, demands and requirements of T&L businesses. We maintain a cross border forum to share best practice and thought leadership to assist you in every aspect of your property needs. By having a greater understanding of the issues affecting your business and aligning property requirements with business objectives, we can help keep you ahead of your competition. We understand that being in the right location at the right price is key to success; our real estate expertise will help get you achieve your goals.

Our team of professionals includes surveyors, accountants, project managers and business consultants whose skills are combined to meet your varied and complex requirements across the globe. Some of the services we provide are:

Business consulting

From real estate due diligence for merger and acquisition activity, to location analysis and portfolio optimisation programs (including workplace strategy), our focus is helping you deliver your business objectives while reducing risk.

Corporate strategy

We help you optimise the value of your property while considering the impact on your firm’s balance sheet; implementing everything from global lease administration, lease abstraction and database management to strategic analysis and assisting in decision making and execution.

Global lease administration

To help minimise the associated risks of managing your corporate portfolio, we provide you with the detailed business data you need to properly and intelligently implement your corporate strategy.

Transaction management

By implementing the “intelligent client” role in managing transactions, our agents and brokers can advise and facilitate smoother transactions, whether it’s a full property search and relocation or simply a lease renewal.

Programme and project management

We help you deliver base build and fit-out projects on time, within budget, and to specifications. We also have specialist dilapidations, mechanical and electrical and quantity surveying teams in-house.

Facilities management

We advise, plan and deliver on all aspects of the day-to-day occupation of property including service delivery, compliance, financial management, change and workplace efficiency. We deploy professional management teams supported by best -in-class/best-in-geography suppliers.

Valuation and lease advisory

C&W has one of the largest fully integrated real estate valuation and consulting teams in the world. We act as the foremost valuation advisor to corporations, institutional investors, and lenders on critical debt and equity investment decisions.


Reducing the environmental impact of your property to comply with legislation and to save costs.

Experience and Resources

Our T&L sector group draws on the expertise, knowledge and experience of our global network of real estate consultants, brokers and dedicated T&L sector country representatives. Cushman & Wakefield has an international network of 15,000 professionals including researchers, strategists, business modellers, accountants, financial consultants and agents in 253 offices across 60 countries.

We have a broad range of T&L clients including TNT, Kuehne & Nagel, CEVA Logistics, Wincanton Logistics and Maersk/Damco and many others who we service on a country, regional or global level.